Project Friday

I’ve been trying to keep this summer fun for my girls with lots of little projects.  So far we are off to a good start–our motto has been “we have to get our work done, and then we can have some fun”.  We have done fun little things every day since school has let out–even if it’s something simple like walking up to the store and getting some Cokes or having a driveway swim party in our little kiddie pool.

Yesterday, I pulled out a little project that I had stashed away a couple weeks ago.  I saw these nifty Color Me fabrics over at Sew Mama Sew & since I had a Gift Certificate just wanting to be spent I thought it was a perfect project for my girls.  I picked up the fabric markers here (although I’m sure other brands work equally as well–or even fabric crayons).

My girls were both excited to give this project a try.  I laid out the fabric squares that I cut (12.5″ squares) onto newspaper and taped them down.  The markers do bleed down thru to the newspaper in spots so if you decide to give this project a whirl this is a step that you will want to take.  I found that the tape kept the fabric in place pretty well and my girls were both able to color pretty easily.

Elonie was taking her masterpiece very seriously as you can see….

I gotta admit to coloring in a few of those little daisies myself–it was quite fun.  Chloe decided to use one of the fabrics that had frames on it (I had a total of 4 fabrics–stripes, daisy, large flowers, and frames–each 1/2 yd.).  We have tried out the daisies and frames so far.

Chloe drew a great little “self portrait”, butterfly, and sun inside her frame (although she hasn’t quite gotten that far in these pictures).

These little colored squares will eventually be pillows–I am having the girls do both the front and back using these fabrics so this project will take us a little bit of time to finish.  If you have kids at home (or grandkids), I encourage you to give this project a try–it’s been a hit at our house!

Comments (13)

  • What a great product. Looks like you will all be having some fun to come. My boys love doing t shirts with fabric crayons, great fun

  • Fab idea! Looks like a great project 🙂

  • Adorable! As an alternative to the tape and newspaper, try ironing some freezer paper to the back of the fabric. It keeps the fabric smooth and taut and prevents bleed through.

  • I’ve never heard of these! They look so cool, I may have to try them out. 🙂

  • This looks like so much fun. I hadn’t seen the markers before. Hmmm, I may have to invest in some for my kiddos. I wonder if there are “boy” prints.

  • How fun!! Oh, you are building terrific relationships with your kiddos. What a fantastic way to spend the summer truly together, doing one fun thing with each other every day, no matter how simple. The best kind of lasting love. 🙂

  • my 14 year old dd was hovering while I looked at this…. we went straight to SMS & ordered some for us! Will get her the markers, but I have also been wanting to teach her embroidery & this would be perfect to learn on! Thanks

  • What a sweet idea! My granddaughters would love this, little artists that they are. I bought a piece of similar fabric at the QS a few months ago w/ different style hats all over it (not sure if it was intended for coloring but that’s what I bought it for)… these prints are much more fun! I also like Ellyn’s idea of using these to learn embroidery 🙂

  • I loved to color as a child – I so would have loved this fabric – and still do no – how fun is that!!!

  • These look amazing! I would love to see this and maybe use it for embroidery too ^_^

    Glad i found your blog!

  • Adult coloring books! Honestly, what mom hasn’t sat there and colored a few of her daughter’s coloring pages and loved doing it. What a great project.

  • Oh my goodness! This looks like so much fun! I’m definitely going to hop over and grab up some of this fabulous material!

    My daughter and I will have so much fun with this! Thanks for sharing the idea and the link!

  • I LOVE this idea. I’m off to order. Hope I’m not too late!!

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